Nearly 200 guests gathered at the St. Pierre Park Hotel on Friday 14 June for the YBG Summer Ball.

The Summer Ball, this year with a Venetian masquerade theme, is the largest event in the YBG calendar. It combines the announcement and presentation of the Bill Green Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit with a 3 course dinner and live entertainment.

This year Fusion Leisure Limited went one better than their finalist performance at the Guernsey Awards for Achievement Gala Evening by winning the 2013 Bill Green Award.

Adam Burroughs, Director of Fusion Leisure Limited, was and remains overwhelmed by the win. “We are so proud to have won and it is such an honour. Along with the other short listed companies, YBG has helped to showcase the diversity of talent in business and innovative thinking in Guernsey.”

This year’s Guest Speaker at the ball was Jo Watts, Founder and Managing Director of Watts & Co, who spoke from the heart about her decision to set up her property consultant and surveying company. She also encouraged other local business entrepreneurs to believe and act upon their convictions. Jo said:

“If an unusual opportunity does come your way but which you find a bit daunting, don’t be afraid of seizing it with both hands. The average length of a small business may be eleven years but longevity can be attained by having a vision, remaining fresh and continually learning and developing. It is a journey: one that can be incredibly hard work and lonely at times but one that is unquestionably wholly worthwhile.”

The sponsors of the event were The Learning Company Ltd, winner of the Bill Green Award in 2012, and KRyS Global.

YBG was delighted to support local charity Friends of Frossard Children’s Ward, with £1 being donated from every bottle of wine sold on the night.

Liz Hodder, President of the YBG, said that the ball had been a huge success.

“The YBG Summer Ball continues to grow in attendance and stature with very positive feedback from members and their guests.” said Liz. “The Bill Green Award is approaching its 18th anniversary in 2014 and I am delighted that as a business association we have put the effort in to raise the award’s profile to the level where companies are really keen and enthusiastic about entering.”

Liz also wished to congratulate Bumblebee Marine Ltd and Storm Force Fitness who were short listed for the award, and to thank all the businesses which entered for the award this year.